Harnessing Potential in Heritage Sites The Adaptive Reuse of Old Buildings in Old Accra

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In an attempt to regenerate the Old Accra Township, the Ministry of Tourism and Modernization of the Capital City is undertaking various urban regeneration projects to help achieve its aim. Most of the urban regeneration projects include the adaptive reuse of some historical buildings taking into consideration interests of visitors to the site as well as the needs of the community. In developing heritage sites, although concern should be on the heritage objects, other supporting elements in its environment should be considered as well. The built environment of heritage sites can have key roles to play in managing the sites values. Buildings on heritage sites may not be of historic importance; however they form an embodiment of the sites values. These buildings have survived several years of history and tell their story in their own characteristic features. Revival and renewal of the old buildings will enable them tell a better story to be understood by all to enable their community derive great benefits from them. The goal of this thesis is the sustainability of Old Accra. The idea is to investigate adaptive reuse efforts on the site and its ability to aid in developing the site. The premise is to adapt the old buildings in Old Accra to new uses, convenient with socio-economic and cultural structure of the site.
A Thesis submitted to the Department of Architecture, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Partial Fulfillment of Requirements for the Degree of MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE.